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Dinesh Kasti
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Hi,
I am preparing for OCAJP exam. I have a question.

When I took Whizlab free mock test I scored 24.33 out of 25 which means they provided me with a partial credit for one question on which I answered only one correct answer while it demands three correct answers to choose. So, I was wondering whether it is same with the real OCAJP test? Does it provide you with partial credit for the multiple correct answered questions? I know this is NOT true with earlier version of the test - when it used to be called SCJP, say. I just wanted to confirm.


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Dinesh
 
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Dinesh,
It's still not true. There is no such thing as partial credit for a question. They real exam tells you how many choices are correct. So if you only give one answer for a question with two correct, it will alert you. But if you get the wrong 2 answers for a question with two correct, you get zero points for that question.
 
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Thanks a lot Jeanne, for the clarity. Since you are here, can I ask you another question? I have been studying your book for the OCAJP 8 prep. How do you compare the difficulty level of the review questions at the end of each chapter of the book (and also the final 3 mock exams) with the actual OCAJP 8 exam questions and what is the minimum score (in percentage) that you can roughly estimate that we need to get in those review questions (and also in the final 3 mock exams) so that we can be confident enough on passing the actual exam? I know it is a difficult question, but may be you can just answer as a "rule of thumb" way.

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Dinesh,
The questions in our book are intended to be significantly harder than those on the exam. Our goal was to prepare you. And also to train you to see the patterns/themes that are often wrong so you can detect them more quickly on the exam. The end of chapter questions and mock questions are roughly the same level of difficulty.

I don't have a specific number that I can quote you. I will say that if you aren't scoring above the OCA passing score on the review questions,you should repeat them until you are. (And make sure you understand why the answer is A not just that the answer is A.)
 
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Thanks a bunch Jeanne. I will do as you suggested.
 
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I can make a few other suggestions:
  • write lots, lots and lots of code (preferably using your favourite text editor and javac/java, not an IDE)
  • take the Enthuware mock exams to monitor your progress and have an objective indication if you are ready to take the exam (if you consistently score 80% or more on a 1st attempt, you'll likely pass the exam)
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    Thanks Roel. I will do that (in fact, doing that). Currently, my issue is with the timing. Trying to improve my pace. Hope that I will succeed!
     
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    Thanks a lot to both of you and all the team members of JAVARANCH. I passed OCAJP 8 today with 94%. Happy.
     
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    Dinesh Kasti wrote:Thanks a lot to both of you and all the team members of JAVARANCH. I passed OCAJP 8 today with 94%. Happy.

    Congrats!
     
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    Dinesh Kasti wrote:I passed OCAJP 8 today with 94%. Happy.

    Congratulations champion! Don't forget to add your name to the OcajpWallOfFame.
     
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